Constructing family identity close to death
2013 (English)In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 3, no 5, 379-388 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Daily life close to death involves physical, psychological, and social strain, exposing patients and their family members to major transitions affecting relational patterns and identity. For the individual family member, this often means sharing life with a changing person in a changing relationship, disrupting both individual identity and family identity. Our aim was to deepen the understanding of individual experiences that are important in constructing family identity close to death at home. We performed a secondary analysis of qualitative data collected through 40 interviews with persons with life-threatening illness and the family members who shared everyday life with them. The analysis resulted in interpretive descriptions which provided three patterns important for creating family identity, which we here call “we-ness” close to death. The patterns were: being an existential person, being an extension of the other, and being together in existential loneliness. Together, these three patterns seemed to play a part in the construction of family identity; we-ness, close to death. One important finding was the tension between the search for togetherness in “we-ness” while dealing with an existential loneliness, which seemed to capture an essential aspect of being a family of which one member is dying.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scientific Research Publishing, 2013. Vol. 3, no 5, 379-388 p.
Dying, Identity, Family, Palliative Care, Secondary Analysis
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-108539DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2013.35051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-108539DiVA: diva2:730823